Bowe Bergdahl, the former hostage who pleaded guilty to desertion, avoids prison

Bowe Bergdahl, the former hostage who pleaded guilty to desertion, avoids prison

Bowe Bergdahl, the former hostage who pleaded guilty to desertion, avoids prison

US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl won't serve time in prison for endangering his comrades by walking off his Afghanistan post, a military judge has ruled. The judge had wide leeway in deciding the sentence because Bergdahl made no deal with prosecutors to limit his punishment.

Al Jazeera's Rosiland Jordan reports.

He plead guilty last month to charges of desertion and misbehaviors before the enemy.

According to Fidell, Bergdahl plans to appeal the dishonorable discharge.

The judge ordered Sergeant Bergdahl to be dishonourably discharged, his rank slashed to private, and that he pay a $10,000 fine, the Pentagon said.

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The presidents comment on Twitter came Friday, less than an hour after the White House declined to comment on the sentence.

While on the campaign trail previous year, current US President Donald Trump called Bergdahl "a no-good traitor who should have been executed". They also said Bergdahl had suffered enough confinement during five years in Taliban captivity. He also described brutal beatings by his captors, illness brought on by squalid conditions and maddening periods of isolation.

Prosecutors had recommended a sentence of 14 years of in prison.

"Sgt Bergdahl does not have a monopoly on suffering as a result of his choices", said Major Justin Oshana. He disappeared from a military base in Afghanistan in June 2009 and was held under arduous conditions by the Taliban until May 2014, when he was freed in a controversial exchange for the release of five detainees from Guantanamo Bay. He could have given him anything from no prison time to life in prison.

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